Microsoft Urges Transparency on Security Requests

SEATTLE (Reuters) -

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday urged the U.S. government for greater transparency on requests for data from security agencies.

It follows a demand from Google Inc. earlier on Tuesday for permission to publish the total number of government requests for national security information.

“Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement.